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Airway management for tracheal resection proximal to carina in a cat
  1. Ivana Calice and
  2. Attilio Rocchi
  1. Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Intensive-Care Medicine, Vetmeduni Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ivana Calice; ivana.calice{at}


Tracheal tumours in cats are rare, and most primary tumours respond well to complete surgical excision. Providing secure airway management during resection of the trachea is particularly challenging and in some cases represents a limitation to surgery. We present the case of a cat with a primary tracheal neoplasm located close to the carina, undergoing complete resection. Successful management of the airway was accomplished by intubating the distal tracheal stump with a modified polyvinyl chloride endotracheal tube. Effective seal of the airway and adequate ventilation of both lungs were achieved. We describe a reliable, simple, low-cost technique which provides control of the airways even in situations where the distal stump of the trachea is either too short or non-existent.

  • neoplasia
  • reconstruction surgery
  • respiratory disease
  • anaesthetic management

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  • Contributors IC and AR performed the anaesthesia and perioperative management of the patient described in this case report. Further, IC prepared the manuscript draft with important intellectual input from AR. Both authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Raw data were generated at Vetmeduni Vienna. Derived data supporting the findings of this case report are available from the corresponding author [IC] on request.

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